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Could 'sprites' explain some UFO sightings ?

By T.K. Randall
February 24, 2009 · Comment icon 7 comments

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A recently discovered natural phenomenon known as 'sprites' have been observed as flashing lights that appear in the atmosphere above thunderstorms and could account for some UFO sightings, scientists at Tel Aviv University have claimed. 'Sprites' occur high up between 35 to 80 miles from the ground and were only discovered in 1989.
In legend, sprites are trolls, elves and other spirits that dance high above our ozone layer. But scientists at Tel Aviv University have discovered that some very real "sprites" are zipping across the atmosphere as well, providing a possible explanation for those other legendary denizens of the skies, UFOs."

Source: Science Daily | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by D is here 15 years ago
Maybe I missed the connection while reading the full article, but how does Sprites high in the atmosphere account for some UFO sightings?
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 15 years ago
Maybe I missed the connection while reading the full article, but how does Sprites high in the atmosphere account for some UFO sightings? My guess is aircraft pilots. There had been plenty of reports from pilots seeing what is described as these sprites. It may account for some of those reports.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lt_Ripley 15 years ago
people have known about sprites for some time now. they don't last very long ( a second or 2 at most ) and over storms you can see a few. I don't see how anyone could mistake them for UFO's. video
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lt_Ripley 15 years ago
First Estimates Developed Of Lightning-Associated "Sprites" Radio signals help scientists estimate how many occur in thunderstorms April 2, 1999 For the first time, scientists have developed a reliable estimate of the number of "sprites" spawned by a single thunderstorm. Sprites, the luminous red glows that are the high altitude companions of some lightning strikes, are the focus of a new study by researchers Steven Reising of the University of Massachusetts, and Umran Inan and Timothy Bell of Stanford University in California. The team's findings appear in the April 1 issue of Geophysical Res... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by thefinalfrontier 15 years ago
Nothing to do with ufo sightings, This is a natuyral phenomena and lasts only seconds at very high altitudes, Mostly above the clouyds, So no this has nothing to do with ufo sightings form the thousamds upon thousaands of reports each year,
Comment icon #6 Posted by Since804 15 years ago
people just pull stuff out of their asses...clearly not even close to resembling ufo reports
Comment icon #7 Posted by the rebirth 15 years ago
this sounds kind of like the whole "swamp gas" explaination for UFOs how would a pilot mistake a fraction-of-a-second flash of light as a UFO? 0___0

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